{DIY} Children’s Painting Aprons

DIY Childrens Aprons

Many of you probably don’t know this but I used to be a sewer. Yup, that’s right! When I started blogging and up until April of this year, this blog was called Rags to Stitches, which stemmed from my handmade shop filled with all kinds of pretty eye candy for the modern mom on the go. A couple years ago I closed the shop to focus other business ventures and every since then my sewing machine has not seen very much action. Not because I stopped loving to sew, in truth it’s because I ran out of free time to spend sewing. Rather than allowing it to stress me out, I decided to take a sewing break and come back to it when I was ready to have some fun sewing for myself again.

When I began planning for Katelyn’s birthday party, I knew I really wanted to have bright pink aprons for each of the girls to use when painting. Even though Timree has adorable paint splotched black aprons, I knew the pink ones would fit well with the theme of the party. Of course, it became a no brainer when my girl and blogging bestie Caroline, launched her brand new fabric line, Gleeful Fabrics, and asked me if I wanted to dust off the old machine and use her fabrics for the aprons! I’m pretty sure there was some squealing involved on my end, I mean, have y’all seen her beautiful fabrics?! They are amazing!!!

I decided to order some bright pink aprons from Hobby Lobby, then used the Gleeful Fabrics to sew bright colored pockets on the front of the aprons. It was so easy, I had to share this quick tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Gleeful Fabrics (in every pattern, duh!)
  • Pink Aprons (or any color you’d like)
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Cutting Board
  • Plastic Ruler


Let’s Get Started:

1.)  I began by measuring the width and depth of the bottom part of my kids apron to determine how long and wide I wanted my pocket to me. Remember you want to make sure to cut an extra 1/2 inch in length and and an extra 1 in of fabric to allow for ironing over and sewing.

2.)  Cut your fabric. I ended up cutting mine 7.5″ long  x 6″ wide.


3.) Fold over edges of both sides and the bottom of your pocket 1/4″ and iron well so it stays folded over.

4.) Fold the top of your pocket down 1″ and iron so it stays folded over.

5.) With your fabric facing pattern side up, sew down the top fold of your pocket at the bottom part of the fold (see picture below).

6.) Pin your pocket on your apron and sew around side and bottom edges.


7. ) Repeat steps 5 & 6 for all your aprons.

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The pink aprons were a hit with the girls at the party! They were able to put all their paint brushes in them before they started painting and were so excited when they found out they got to take them home. This is another fun and simple tutorial that can make your little ones party extra special.

Be sure to check out Caroline’s Gleeful Fabric Lookbook and you can snag some yardage of these awesome fabrics on Hawthorne Threads.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Alissa